The history of Andhra Pradesh Kennel Club, earlier known as the
Hyderabad Kennel Club in the state of the Nizams would be incomplete if
mention is not made of some of the prominent dog lovers of the past and
gratitude is not expressed to them.
highness Prince of Berar, Azam Jha Bahadur, the crown prince of Nizam
State, was a dog lover par excellence. He had practically all the well
known breeds in his kennel and when the first Dog Show was organized in
1945, he entered his dog in that show. Furthermore he extended his
patronage to the Hyderabad Kennel Club by becoming himself a patron.
Shahabzada Nawab Basalat Jah Bahadur, an uncle of the prince of Berar,
was also a patron of this club right from 1948 till his death in 1993.
dog lovers of Andhra Pradesh came from the illustrious Paigah family
whose scion Nawab Yar Jung carries on the family tradition this day.
Nawab Saheb's love for the dog is inherited from his great great
grandfather and his uncle Nawab Moinuddowla Bahadur who had numerous
breeds of dogs in his kennel. Such was Nawab Moinuddowla's love for the
animals that he used maintained a vast private zoo. He was so well
known for the love of dog that people of Hyderabad till today talk
about Nawab Moinuddowla Bahadur and his hunting dogs.
Organized Dog game in
Hyderabad State and now Andhra Pradesh, owes its existence to Mr.
Jainarain Misra who laid the foundation of Andhra Pradesh Kennel Club,
formerly known as Hyderabad Kennel Club in the year 1948. The Club was
affiliated to the Kennel Club of India in 1949. The First Championship
Dog Show was organized at the Secunderabad Race Course, now the Parade
Grounds and its environs, on Sunday 10th December 1950, under the
Presidentship of Nawab Sultan Ali Khan Bahadur. Major Goldsmith judged
With such a
background, Andhra Pradesh Kennel Club celebrated its Golden Jubilee in
the year 1997-1998 by offering exhibitors a prize money of Rs.
1,00,000, in the Golden Jubilee year's Dog Show. Best in Show carried
away Rs. 25,000 in cash, a landmark in Dog game. The Golden Jubilee was
indeed a marvelous occasion, as it was not only the Golden Jubilee of
the Club but also the Club's 50th Championship Dog Show and India's
Golden Jubilee Year of Independence.
APKC has the
distinction of being the first Kennel Club in India to purchase a club
house in 2001 and operate out out of premises owned by the Club.